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The Use of MacKinnon’s Dominance Feminism to Evaluate and Effectuate the Advancement of Women Lawyers as Leaders Within Large La

Amanda J. Albert

Catharine A. MacKinnon's brand of dominance feminism not only provides a theoretical framework for investigating the glass ceiling(s) at many large law firms, but also posits a paradigm for reform based on the unique experiences and realities of women lawyers' lives. ... Rearranging surface features to incorporate so-called female values into large firm practice ... is unable to remedy the pervasiveness of male dominance. ... The remainder of this Part briefly addresses two principal concerns emanating from the applicability of Title VII to women's experiences in large law firms: the impact of non-prosecuted, pervasive sexual harassment on the ability of female associates to advance within law firms, and the use of disparate impact theory to craft a cause of action against discriminatory practices in awarding partnership. ... A growing body of gender bias litigation under Title VII concerns the right of female associates to be afforded equal treatment in attaining partnership and its concomitant benefits. ...
  • Print Location Amanda J. Albert, The Use of MacKinnon's Dominance Feminism to Evaluate and Effectuate the Advancement of Women Lawyers as Leaders Within Large Law Firms, 35 Hofstra L. Rev. 291 (2006).

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